Microsoft Making Every Moment Count for Ireland’s Sickest Children and their Families
As a close neighbour, Microsoft has been a long-standing partner of LauraLynn, and has supported the Hospice in many different ways over the years. In September 2018, they once again swapped tech for tyres to complete their 5th Annual Charity Cycle, now a major element of the partnership, and a key date in the diary for both organisations.
A team of 65 cyclists and 17 crew left the new Microsoft building in Leopardstown at dawn on the the 5th September. Getting on their bikes in Kinsale just a few short hours later, they cycled for 3 days to Kenmare, completing 350 kms of the Wild Atlantic Way. They did this to raise vital funds for LauraLynn – to help us care for children and families as they face their own challenging journey – living with a life-limiting condition, caring for their child round the clock, and facing the unthinkable prospect of losing them. They set themselves an ambitious target of €80,000 and thanks to their amazing efforts, the cycle raised a phenomenal €118,600!
The annual charity cycle is a great example of how a charity partnership can be a genuine win-win for both the corporate and the charity. The Microsoft team cleverly use their 3 volunteering days to do the cycle, benefitting from the personal and fitness challenge; partaking in the ultimate team-building event, forming strong inter-departmental connections and friendships; and having fun, whilst doing something amazing for a charity that they passionately believe in. The growth from 10 cyclists and fundraising of €15,000 in 2014, to the outcome in 2018, is testament to this. The children and families at LauraLynn benefit from the wide range of care that we can provide with the funds, while the charity benefits from deepening and broadening relationships with Microsoft employees and the wider awareness-raising that results from the work they put into the event.
Explaining the target of €80,000 at the start of the cycle, one of the members of the cycling team, Global Business Intelligence & Analytics Manager, Ray Snowdon said “Having grown from 10 cyclists in 2014 to team of 82 today, we aim to bring our collective amount fundraised for the charity to over €250,000.” At this stage, that aim has been surpassed by many miles (or should we say kms)!
Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland Cathriona Hallahan said the company have developed “a strong, positive partnership with the inspirational team at LauraLynn”. “Through software donation, technology training and employee-led activities such as the Wild Atlantic Way charity cycle, we partner with LauraLynn to support the life-changing work they undertake on a daily basis.”
CEO of LauraLynn Children’s Hospice Orla O’Brien, CEO of LauraLynn Children’s Hospice said the group is “humbled” by the support shown to them from Microsoft.
Our huge thanks to everyone who took part in the challenge or supported the fundraising – what an inspiration and what a team! We look forward to many more years of working together with them.